Fingers crossed for a sunny weekend! This weekend spend some time outdoors at Manalapan Day, Jersey City’s Hamilton Park Festival, Somerset’s Rose Day Festival, or Von Thun’s Strawberry Festival. Enjoy yummy food at Livingston Summerfest or the annual Hammonton Food Truck Festival.
1. National Marina Day-Pirate Spirit!
June 9, 2018 from 8:00AM to 4:00PM
Arrgghhh! Enjoy a FREE family day of fun that also shows off your pirate spirit. Lots of activities for everyone including treasure at the flea market and paddlling on the bay. Visit the Nature Center and learn about the animals, watch a live snake feeding, free crafts and more! Dress as your favorite pirate and walk the plank in the pirate parade! Prizes awarded for age groups 0-5 yrs old, 6-10 yrs old, 11-15 yrs old & 16 and up!
Leonardo State Marina, 102 Concord Avenue, Leonardo, NJ
2. Hamilton Park Festival
Saturday, June 9, 2018 from 12:00PM to 6:00PM (rain or shine)
Hamilton Park Festival invites your family to join many others as they enjoy live music & entertainment. Your family can also enjoy an amazing selection of food or new items from plenty of vendor, flea market, a petting zoo, and local non-profit organization tables. To top it all off, there will be live entertainment that will be playing from the gazebo location.
25 W Hamilton Place, Jersey City, NJ 07302
3. AnimeNEXT 2018
June 8-10, 2018
Friday at 9:00AM
Saturday at 9:00AM to 7:00PM
Sunday at 9:00AM to 5:00PM
AnimeNEXT 2018 will be held at the Atlantic City Convention Center from June 8th – 10th, 2018. Featuring panels, workshops, artist alley, karaoke, cosplay, and so much more!
Atlantic City Convention Center
1 Convention Boulevard, Atlantic City, NJ 08401
Cost: $45 Friday Admission, $55 Saturday Admission, $40 Sunday Admission, $75 Weekend Admission, Please pre-register here
4. Greenwood Lake Air Show
June 8th – 10th, 2018 opens at 10:00AM
Crowds will be entertained by top performers from across the nation to thrill audiences in the highlands of New Jersey. A list of all the acts can be found on the website. Throughout the day, guests can find food, drinks, and merchandise on the field. As well as a car show and historical exhibits.
26 Airport Road, West Milford, NJ
Cost: $10 – $55, see ticket options here
5. Burlington County Annual Earth Fair
June 9, 2018 from 10:00AM – 4:00 PM
Burlington County’s Annual Earth Fair returns each year to Historic Smithville Park featuring vendors, entertainment for all ages, and kids’ activities with an environmental twist. This family event focuses on ways to protect and enjoy our environment. Children’s activities will include trash sculpting, paper making, storytelling, environmental vaudeville, face painting…and more
Historic Smithville Park, Eastampton, NJ
6. Rose Day Festival 2018
Saturday, June 9, 2018 from 11:00AM to 5:00PM (Rain or Shine)
Colonial Park Gardens annual Rose Day festival celebrates one of the first signs of summer, which is Roses in Bloom. In the center of the park, the Rudolf W. van der Goot Rose Garden displays thousands of different types of roses. Families are invited to celebrate and bask in the day by strolling through the gardens, enjoying music, meeting local artisan, and indulging in some mouth-watering food! Of course, Back by popular demand, there will be rose plants for sale.
Colonial Park Arboretum and Gardens
156 Mettlers Road, Somerset, NJ 08873
7. Hammonton Food Truck Festival
Saturday, June 9, 2018 from 4:30PM to 9:30PM
4th Annual Hammonton Food Truck Festival, organized by Downtown Hammonton and the Hammonton FTF Committee. Featuring nearly 30 of the best gourmet food trucks in the region, the event also includes a craft beer garden and multiple live bands.
Downtown Hammonton, NJ
8. Manalapan Day
Saturday, June 9, 2018 from 3:00PM to 10:00PM
This annual glorious event includes a free bounce house, a variety of kid games, delectable food, and plenty of exhibits. For the children, there will also be a carnival, pony rides, a petting zoo, the Manalapan High School Cheerleaders, and other local performers/acts including musical acts providing live entertainment on the two large stages provided. There will also be a famous Florence LaRue, and the 5th Dimension on the main stage, followed by a stunning fireworks show in the skies above Manalapan.
Manalapan Rec Center
120 Route 522, Englishtown, NJ 07726
9. World Dog Expo 2018
June 9 and 10, 2018 from 10:00AM to 5:00PM
This weekend spectacular event will celebrate dogs everywhere in a large–scale, cutting edge multimedia format. With multiple stages, attendees will enjoy caliber events. The World Dog Experience will provide opportunities for the dog and their human parents to participate together in sports, education, training and other bonding experiences. Also, the show will work to promote dog rescue, fostering and adoption. This is every dog lovers dream event!
Meadowlands Exposition Center
355 Plaza Drive, Secaucus, NJ 07094
Cost: Free for Children 12 and under all weekend, Adult Day Pass $15, Weekend pass $25
10. Strawberry Festival
June 9-10, 2018 from 10:00AM to 5:00PM
Your family should really ask themselves, is there anything better than strawberry picking, hayrides, pony rides, and inflatable bounce houses? The Strawberry festival will include all those exciting activities, along with plenty of straw mazes, pedal courses, rubber duck races, hayrides, hippity horses, flower pot bowling, spring checkers, and corn hole.
519 Ridge Road, Monmouth Junction, NJ 08852
Cost: $12.95 Strawberry Festival Combo Ticket (Admission & Picking Passes), $9.95 Festival Admission Only, $5 Picking Pass
11. 4th Annual Bayonne Home Town Fair
June 9 & 10, 2018 from 11:00AM – 5:00PM
The Event will include Children’s Rides, Games, Local Merchants, Specialty Vendors, Food Vendors, Non-profits, Musical entertainment and so much more!
Broadway between 21st and 25th Street, Bayonne, NJ
12. The 45th Annual Polish Heritage Festival
Sunday, June 10, 2018 from 10:00AM to 6:00PM
The 45th Annual Polish Heritage Festival & 20th Annual Car Show is back and better than ever. There will be live music, traditional Polish food, Children’s entertainment, a marketplace, and so much more.
Middlesex County Fairgrounds
655 Cranbury Road, East Brunswick, NJ 08816
Cost: Free for Kids under 12, $7 Adults
13. 48th Annual Irish Festival
Sunday, June 10, 2018 from 11:30AM to 5:30PM
Come celebrate your family’s inner Irish by attend the 48th Annual Irish Festival. Plenty of friends and family will gather together to Monmouth Park for this one day event where everyone is Irish for the day. The festivities start with traditional Irish Mass at the Grandstand at 11am, followed by one of three stages of incredible live music and step dancing performances. Of course, your family must not forget to end your day with an ice-cold drink cheering some fabulous horse racing. There will be two races of the fan-favorite Human Horse Race which will take place on the track – cheer them on for a good cause. Your family can also grab a plate of delicious food and watch as the Pipe and Drum bands parade through Monmouth Park to celebrate Irish heritage. Your children also can experience the festival with FREE pony rides, a bouncy house, face painting, and clowns.
Monmouth Park Racetrack
175 Oceanport Avenue, Oceanport, New Jersey 07757
Cost: Free for Children 12 and under, $5 General Admission, $5 Parking
14. Livingston Summerfest
Sunday June 10, 2018 from 11:00AM to 6:00PM ( Rain or Shine)
Livingston Summerfest is a great fundraiser for the Livingston First Aid Squad. There will be a stacked list of food trucks that will be in attendance with the sole purpose of fllling your family’s bellies; the updated list so far includes famous trucks like: Amanda Bananas, Chip Stix, El Lechon De Negron, Emapanada Guy, Good Food = Good Mood, House of Cupcakes, Mary, The Queen of Pork, OINK and MOO BBQ, Pompier Food Truck Pierogi Flats, Red Hook Lobster Pound, Taxi Cab Burger, The Little Sicilian Riceballs, Waffle de Lys, Zinna’s EatZ, and Wild Bill’s Olde Fashioned Soda.
30 Robert H Harp Drive, Livingston, NJ 07039
Cost: Free for Children 12 and under, $5 General Admission
15. Medford Art, Wine, & Music Festival
Sunday, June 10th, 2018 from 11:00AM to 4:00PM
Fine artist works, colorful crafts, local wines, craft beer and good food will be on hand as several South Jersey wineries and Medfords local breweries will be interspersed between the arts and crafts booths and local bands playing music throughout the afternoon. The Medford Lakes Corvette Club will occupy South Main Street, featuring a full car show with over one hundred classic and show cars. Several musical groups will be located on porches up and down Main Street, providing live music from rock to pop to bluegrass and folk. More than 10,000 visitors are expected to attend the festival which has grown each of the past several years to be a major area event. This year the festival will be expanded further along North Main Street. A broad array of beautiful paintings and pottery, plus handcrafted jewelry, glass, wood and fabric crafts will be available. More than 90 artists, photographers and crafters from throughout New Jersey and Southeastern Pennsylvania will gather to show their treasures.
Main St, Medford, NJ
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